Happy Birthday – Mel Ott

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Hey everyone it’s Mel Ott’s birthday! It’s a bit strange for us because for most alumni there is something that immediately comes to mind when we think of them, but for Mel there’s a bunch of things:

  • He spent his entire career with us (as a player and manager (and a player/manager))
  • He was the first NL player to hit 500 home runs
  • He was a VERY nice man
  • In 1933 he won the World Series for us with a 10th inning home run
  • He was too young when he died in a car accident
  • He was a first ballot Hall of Famer

For all these, and many other, reasons we are happy to say Happy Birthday Master Melvin!

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Mel Ott, New York Giants, NY Giants

Hall of Fame Plaque

2 Comments

I wasn’t familiar with Mel, as my knowledge of Giants history doesn’t extend back that far, but I was captured by the beauty of the black & white photos and the bullet items you listed about him. I even went to Wikipedia to read more about him. How sad that he died before even reaching 50. This was a lovely tribute for his birthday. I’m sure he’d have been pleased by such a fond remembrance. A lot of organizations say, “we’re one big family” but the Giants really show they mean it by pulling out the old family photo albums on special days like this.

I’m glad you like it enough to researched him a bit! There are about a dozen players I would have loved to meet and Mel is definitely one of them.

I’m not sure if it’s in Wikipedia, but when we signed Mel (he was 17) our manager, John McGraw, had him on the squad for the season, but he only got into 35 games — he was such a pure hitter that McGraw was worried about someone trying to change (and ruin) him. McGraw thought it was worth a roster spot for a kid who was going to sit on the bench for most of the season (and soak up the big league/New York atmosphere). Considering how everything turned out, I think he was right (as he usually was).

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